When , a lot of X-Men fans were excited to see Disney and Marvel Studios reboot the franchise. But Deadpool fans had more doubts. Since the Deadpool movies are staunchly adult-rated and full of edgy humor, they dont exactly fit with the Disney brand. Would Deadpool get to keep his R rating?
At first it definitely seemed safe, becauseDeadpool is a hugely successful phenomenon in its current form. During an investors call in May, Disney boss Bob Iger assured everyone that Deadpool would still be rated R at Disney. But now, things look a little less certain, beginning with a recent interview withDeadpool 2 director David Leitch. Speaking toYahoo! News, Leitch suggested that Deadpool could easily work as PG-13.
Its rated R so thats not necessarily the [MCU] brand but he doesnt necessarily need to be R and [Disney] dont necessarily need to only make PG-13 movies. I think well find a happy ground.
Thats definitely a were keeping an open mind kind of answer.
Then on Monday, following the most recent Disney investors call with Iger,Variety editor Brent Lang remarked that there are now internal debates about whether Deadpool can move seamlessly to a PG-13 rating in the MCU. If Ryan Reynolds Deadpooldoes move to the MCU (which seems likely, regardless of age rating), then hell probably be the only survivor from Foxs X-Men franchise, which lost money at the box office withDark Phoenix this year.
Iger notes X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic 4 are now under Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige's control. Hear from sources that there are debates about whether Deadpool can move seamlessly between R-rated solo outings and PG-13 rated MCU movies.
— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) August 6, 2019
For some fans, Deadpools R rating is sacrosanct. But there are plenty of arguments in favor of a PG-13 rating, including the obvious fact that most Deadpool comics are not actually adult rated. Like DCs Harley Quinn, hes a character with a lot of adult appeal and a cult following, but who also appears in material aimed at kids, and can be depicted in a pretty wide variety of ways. The creators of Deadpool 2 actually released a PG-13 edit last Christmas, cutting the more extreme violence and adult jokes, and adding a couple of characteristically self-aware scenes to explain why the story was now family-friendly.
Its also worth remembering that if Deadpool ever shows up in a Spider-Man or Avengers movie, hell have to follow their PG-13 rating anyway.
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